Ramsey Weekly Update

Week 2

Dates to Remember:

September 24: PTO meeting 6-7:30pm

October 13: Q1 Midterm conferences

October 15-16: MEA- NO SCHOOL

October 22: PTO meeting 6-7:30pm

Message from the Principal

Students and families demonstrated a lot of patience this first week of school. Thank you for all you did to support our students getting connected with their teachers. We continue to have students who are struggling to get connected and will continue to work to support their needs. This next week your students will be continuing to get to know their teachers and their classmates while practicing online strategies and apps that they will use with course content. Synchronous learning is an opportunity for students to connect with their teachers and peers around the content that was provided asynchronously, the day before through Schoology. Two very important reminders for parents: 1. Please make sure your student knows how to take attendance on the campus app. 2. Please make sure you have updated iUpdate and use your password to access parent portal weekly to check in on your student's progress in Schoology. Thank you again for all you do to support school at home and partnering with their teachers. Don't hesitate to call me with questions - Teresa Vibar - 651-278-0038
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FLIPSIDE Update!

Welcome back middle school students and families! Fall programming will begin on October 19th Please click on the Flipside button above to read the most up to date information as well as sign up for our safe at home babysitting classes!!

Technology (iPad) Information

Monitor Student Progress SPPS encourages parents and guardians to use the iPad to monitor their child’s academic progress and communicate electronically with their child’s teacher(s). Ask your students to show you what they have learned and created with the iPad, and discuss how they use the device in school.


Campus Mobile Portal and Schoology Mobile Apps
Parents and guardians can use the Campus Mobile Portal or Schoology app installed on the iPad to view their child’s grades, attendance, and upcoming assignments. This year SPPS is transitioning to using Schoology as a tool to house course materials, support communication, and record grades. Grade information may not be available to parents of elementary school children through these apps.


Email Communications
Parents may also use the Safari browser app to log in to their personal email account to send emails to their child’s teacher(s). Parents and guardians should not add a personal email account to the iPad’s built-in Mail app because personal emails may be visible to anyone who accesses the device.



Pad Care and Proper Use

  • Always keep the iPad in the case.
    • Keep keyboard attached to case unless necessary for photographing or similar activity.
    • Close keyboard cover and carry with two hands- clutched to chest, carry like a book, or zip securely into a backpack.
    • Walk with your iPad and do not carry iPad inside folder or trapper keeper.
    • Keep away from water or a heat source and do not leave in a cold or hot car.
    • Keep food and beverages away from your iPad.
    • Make sure keyboard cover is closed and put in sleep mode.

Comcast Internet Essentials Free Through December


Comcast provides basic wireless Internet called Internet Essentials, and it is free through December. The district will provide a Hotspot, but if you are finding that isn't enough data or you are unable to wait for a ticket to be completed, contact Comcast to apply https://www.internetessentials.com/. If Comcast does not extend the free price after December, you'd have the option to quit when it is no longer free or pay the $9.95/month + tax.

Top 10 iCans on the iPad!

Click on the button and see if you/your student can do the top 10 iCans on the iPad

iPad Help

iPad Damage and Replacement:

If your iPad is damaged or needs to be replaced please report the issue by emailing or calling Saint Paul Public Schools Technology Services:



https://www.spps.org/ipadhelp

RAMSEY FOOD PANTRY UPDATE:

Please see the 2020-2021 Ramsey Food Pantry Information PDF (below)


If your family is in need:

Please fill out this Google Form https://forms.gle/9a7X5VhGoErnAqAr5


If you would like to make donations- We are always seeking donations of food, diapers, personal hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Please drop these items off on Thursdays between 7am-11am at Ramsey.


If you would like to volunteer to help pack and sort out items on Thursday mornings, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org.



If you have questions, please email Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org

ATHLETICS UPDATE:

Please see the district update below regarding Middle School Sports.


SPPS RESPONSE REGARDING MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS

Saint Paul Public Schools has had to make several difficult decisions about what programs we are able to safely offer this fall during a continuing COVID-19 pandemic. One of those decisions was around middle school sports. Several challenges, including staff availability, transportation, student safety and participation levels in middle school sports, make SPPS unable to offer any middle school sports this fall.


It is also possible that we will not be able to offer middle school sports if and when SPPS transitions to a hybrid learning model, due to the same challenges listed above. SPPS will reassess this decision each season to determine if we are able to offer middle school sports this winter or spring.


We understand how hard this decision may be on our middle school students and families, and hope to be able to offer extracurricular activities as soon as it is possible for us to do so. Thank you for your support of SPPS and your students. If you have additional questions, please contact your school’s athletic director.



Supporting our Athletes: As the Athletic Director I want to provide an opportunity for our student athletes to connect with each other while we are distance learning. During our Friday student group opportunities, I will be offering a Google Meets for our student athletes. Updates with a Google Meets code will go out to all of the Ramsey students via Schoology on Friday mornings! Please encourage your student athlete to attend these Google Meets if they are interested in connecting and participating with other student athletes at Ramsey. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Email: Alicia.Ekegren@spps.org
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